Public-law approval procedure mastered

SHWire has passed through the public-law approval process without any objections from the public or the authorities and can thus significantly extend the site in the coming years. The construction site of the hall planned for this purpose is well advanced. The company plans to install first machines as early as August and is optimistic that it will be able to keep to its ambitious schedule.

During the last eight months, SHWire has worked intensively on the building permit as well as the approval procedure under public law and has successfully mastered both issues. The official announcement of the district government Detmold will follow shortly. Nothing now stands in the way of an expansion of the production site in Lügde. "It was possible above all because the city of Lügde, in particular, Mayor Torben Blome and Head of Department for Urban Development, Planning and Building Gregor Günnewich, and also the district government in Detmold and the district of Lippe - despite the complicated situation due to the corona pandemic - supported the investment project positively and pragmatically," says Ernst-Constantin Hasse, Managing Director at SHWire.

It is only a year that has thus passed from the initial meeting with the architects of "Weber & Bauzeit" in September 2020 to the planned commissioning of the first machine at the beginning of October 2021. It shows that industrial projects in Germany can be implemented even with a demanding schedule if all parties are involved right from the start and communicate with one another regularly.

"Invitations to tender for construction works were issued throughout Germany, but one focus has been to contract local companies wherever possible - which has worked out well so far," says Hasse. Earthwork and sewer construction have already been completed, the building shell is well advanced and the steel work is also on schedule. There are currently no known delays due to procurement problems, although the situation is tense and being closely monitored by all parties involved in the construction. In particular, the sharp rise in steel prices, but also shortages of plastics and construction timber, are causing concern among those involved.

Completion of the construction on schedule is important for the site, as a large number of e-mobility projects of renowned European manufacturers are to be supplied as of next year. With the completion of the construction project, the most modern production facility for highly demanding wires for electric motor construction in Europe will emerge in Lügde, also from an environmental point of view.